It could be all over for Wintel in Germany if a proposed law on security in IT bears fruit.“The Federal Government wants Germany’s IT systems and digital infrastructure to be the most secure in the world” The idea is that every IT system must be as secure as possible whatever it takes proportionate to the risks. That would imply GNU/Linux or UNIX operating systems should be used everywhere. That cuts out M$ and possibly Apple. M$’s software is so utterly complex that I doubt anyone could with a straight face pronounce it secure and Apple’s is not even in the running.
Combine that with the already heavy use of GNU/Linux in the country and I think it’s a near certainty GNU/linux will be blessed. It’s more than operating systems though. Will Java make the cut? How about Adobe’s stuff, eh? and Flash? I wonder if Germany will evolve to a “certification” process for software? That could cut out a lot of non-Free software right there. How can you certify binary-only software? How can you certify binary-only updates made at noon on a work-day?
This will be something to watch no matter how it turns out. Practically, I think it is most likely that Germany will ship a government distro with only well-tested software in the vault. I recommend they start with Debian GNU/Linux.